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What is an attorney’s best response to a letter of investigation?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Blog, Professional License Defense |

When faced with a letter of investigation from the California State Bar, it is in your best interest to respond promptly and effectively. Receiving a letter of investigation means the State Bar has reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, and the first step toward dispelling that suspicion is to act in good faith.

With that in mind, there are a few key factors to consider so that you can respond with confidence and clarity.

Gather information

Begin by carefully reading the letter to grasp its purpose and scope. Identify the allegations or concerns raised and any deadlines for response. Collect all relevant documents and information related to the matter under investigation. This includes emails, contracts, invoices or any other pertinent records.

Crafting a response

Compose a clear and concise response addressing each point raised in the letter. Provide factual explanations and evidence to support your position. In your response, demonstrate willingness to cooperate with the complaint review process. Offer to provide additional information or participate in interviews as needed.

Review before sending

Before sending your response, review it carefully to ensure accuracy and completeness. Double-check all facts and figures to avoid any errors. If you are unsure about how to respond or the potential implications of the investigation, seek guidance from a trusted advisor or mentor.


After sending your response, follow up with the investigator to confirm receipt and address any further questions or concerns they may have. Stay informed about the progress of the investigation and any developments that may arise. Be prepared to provide additional information or assistance as needed.

Responding to a letter of investigation from the State Bar requires careful attention and a proactive approach. By maintaining professional composure and cooperating as necessary, you can respond to the letter appropriately and in a way that demonstrates your strength of character.


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